From the editor: The advantages of commuting? | Chroniclers
But all of my employees also seemed to adapt quickly to the game. Everyone was at least as productive as before and the newspaper met efficiently every day, despite the fact that we were scattered over a wide swath of North Bay.
In fact, there have been a few times when the employees traveled far from the city and I never even noticed the difference in their performance.
I found there were downsides to not commuting. I missed seeing my employees in person. I wasn’t as available on my desk phone, which I had to check remotely (and was also slow to check).
Eventually, I started going to the office once a week, which allowed me to interact with at least some of my employees and check my phone messages at least once in a while.
Overall, however, the lack of a commute to work was quite large.
Now that we’re back into something a little bit like normal, I’ve started working from the Napa office more often, especially since our trusty City Editor Kevin Courtney took over. retirement and that I personally run the news office. We have a few new hires who will be starting over the next few months, so I’ll probably have to be there in person to guide them as well.
The commute-free pandemic period is going to change the way I look at work, I think. Granted, I’ll be more willing to work remotely a few days a week when I can. I will be more permissive with employees who wish to work remotely, at least occasionally.